Stories about FOKO from March, 2008
FOKO Madagascar was full of activities this month. It went on to explore new voices from the high schools, introduced citizen media workshops in a city far from the busy capital, and helped young high school students to enter in an international video contest. They also live-blogged their recent workshop which helps the world to learn about these budding citizen media activists from Madagascar.
At We Media Miami I was able to sit and talk with Lova Rakotomalala, one of the coordinators of the FOKO Madagascar blog outreach program. We recorded this brief interview in which Lova describes the genesis of FOKO and how the organization plans on fulfilling its mission.
In celebration of International Women's Day, Rising Voices grantee and Nari Jibon founder, Kathryn Ward, came up with the idea of a friendly poetry competition among Rising Voices bloggers. Participants of the ten citizen media outreach projects were given a week to write and submit their poems related to the theme "women hold up half the sky."
While the devastations of Hurricane Ivan were under reported in the international media, Malagasy bloggers from the Foko Blog Club filled the void using photos, videos and a map mashup. The Rising Voices outreach project also expanded to the second largest town in Madagascar.
Following recent workshops on how to use Flickr and how to video-blog, the FOKO team in Madagascar has been active documenting the recent flooding from Cyclone Ivan and their recent tree-planting in the region of Andranovelona with the Namana SeraSera Group. This video is from there trip to Andranovelona. Sub-titles are available in English.